Men's Basketball Adds Oregon Transfer A.J. Lapray
April 17, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine men's basketball coach Marty Wilson announced today that A.J. Lapray, who spent the past year as a freshman at Oregon, has signed a grant-in-aid and will be joining the Waves' program.
Lapray (Salem, Ore./Sprague HS), a 6-foot-5 guard, was one of the state of Oregon's top high school recruits before signing with the Ducks.
"A.J.'s overall skill and basketball IQ is something that we really appreciate," Wilson said. "He has a good all-around game. He can score, handle, pass, shoot the three, rebound and defend. A.J. is going to do many good things for Pepperdine basketball."
Limited by injury, Lapray only saw action in two early-season games at Oregon this past season and intended to apply for a medical redshirt. He played a total of just five minutes in home games against Utah Valley (Nov. 19) and San Francisco (Nov. 24) and missed his only shot attempt.
"The main thing about Pepperdine was its family atmosphere," Lapray said. "When I realized I was going to transfer, I knew this was the school I wanted to come to, and I'm thankful they were willing to take me on the second try. It's in a great location and it's a fantastic school with great academics. Pepperdine can really set me up for the long run with great opportunities for the rest of my life.
"I want to help get this team to the NCAA Tournament. I got a chance to witness that this year with Oregon, and I'm hungry to get back there and play in it."
Lapray was the 2011-12 Central Valley Conference co-Player of the Year as a junior at Sprague High, as well as an all-state 6A second team selection. He averaged 21.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game that year.
He was a four-time All-Central Valley Conference selection, earning first team honors as a sophomore and junior, second team as a senior and honorable mention as a freshman. Lapray averaged 17 points as a senior and 16.5 points as a sophomore.
Lapray left Sprague as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,454 points and also set records for points in a season (587 in 2011-12) and in a game (40 vs. Sunset High in the 2011 state playoffs). In the 2013 state playoffs, he sank a 40-footer at the buzzer to give the Olympians a 44-43 first-round victory over Barlow High.
Matt Schmidt, who coached Lapray at Sprague High and in AAU ball, said: "A.J. is a great kid and he comes from a great family. He's an unbelievable teammate and very coachable. He's very heady, very focused. He's multi-talented with what he can do. He's not pigeon-holed into one position. I can't rave enough about what a good kid he is and how that translates into everything he does on and off the court. I expect that he'll do big things at Pepperdine and in the WCC. He's going to help continue the improvement that Coach Wilson has made in the time that he's been there."
Lapray is the fifth newcomer that will join the Waves' roster in 2014-15. Pepperdine has signed four incoming freshmen: 6-foot-10 center Nate Gehring (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee HS), 6-foot-8 forward A.J. John (Santa Rosa, Calif./Maria Carrillo HS), 6-foot-10 center Ryan Keenan (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge HS) and 6-foot-3 guard Shawn Olden (Tulsa, Okla./Union HS).